A Little Remodeling Now Could Make For Better Independent Seniors Living
The growing need for good home design for Atlanta’s aging population who want to stay in their homes instead of moving in with their children or into an assisted living is becoming more important than ever. A little planning now can help you do just that.
How to do it
A number of Atlanta companies specialize in remodeling homes for the aging population and have extended networks of contacts who can help their clients access other useful services. Best approach here is to ask a friend for an Atlanta contractor referral or find one on Angie’s List. Do your homework. Ask the contractor for references, make certain they’re bonded and insured. And always have a written contract in place outlining the work to be completed.
- Choose a master bedroom on the main floor
- A great layout for home buyers thinking of making their next residence their “forever” home.
- Plan ahead when building
If you are adding stairs, provide blocking in your walls to accommodate a stair lift. If you’re remodeling a two-story home or adding on a second-story, stacking closets allows for the future installation of an elevator.
Keep it simple
Adapting your home doesn’t have to be pricey. Inexpensive details like offset door hinges can allow for easier access to a home without widening the existing doorway. A “tub cut” allows an existing tub to be adapted with a lower threshold to more easily step over and can be reversed when it comes time for resale. Shower platforms also allow for easier access with a small ramp placed at a shower lip. For those who don’t want a comfort height toilet, a riser can be installed to raise the height of your existing toilet.
- Consider options while you’re still healthy
- Look at your Atlanta area neighborhood. If it is no longer safe, isn’t close to public transportation and isn’t viable as you get older, contemplate moving while you still have the ability.
In the kitchen
Think about appliances designed with access in mind, such as a side oven door. Pull-out cabinets, which are now standard in the kitchen, are exceptionally useful for someone in a wheelchair. Choose a cook top with controls on the front rather than on the top for better access. A dishwasher placed higher is more accessible for someone in a wheelchair, but also much more comfortable for someone standing to use because it requires less bending.
In the bathroom
Make sure your bathroom has plenty of room to accommodate a wheelchair. Flooring should be non-slip. It’s easy to disguise functionality in details like a toilet paper holder that does double duty as a grab bar or grab bars that look like towel bars. A curbless shower is ideal for someone in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
Lighting is key
- As we get older, a dimmer switch allows homeowners to customize the lighting for whomever is using the space at any one time.
- Think about access
- Placing light switches lower, raising the height of electrical outlets, installing thermostats with big, easy to read numbers and using lever handles on doors are all great features.
- Re-do your entryway
- A stepless entry is key, with no more than a 1/2-inch threshold.
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